No real suprises in the list of the main sellers of arms. However, the list of leading arms reciepients (developing nations only) is interesting; not as presented, but when shown as a percentage of GDP as below:
United Arab Emirates 5.65%
Saudi Arabia 1.03%
South Africa 0.10%
South Korea 0.09%
(GDP figures are from the CIA World Factbook)
The UAE spends 5.65% of it’s GDP on arms? It has a population of 2.5 million, about 1.5 million of which are estimated to be non-nationals, working the gas and oil rigs. Interestingly they seem to not get their arms from the UK, so I can only presume that the US sells them all their equipment.